Are you looking for a luxury French wedding venue? Then the Loire Valley and some of its surrounding areas are renowned for their abundance of historic chateaux, many of them offering elaborate wedding packages for a truly unique experience.
As I was visiting the Vendee (a region not too far from the Loire Valley) at the end of July, I had the pleasure of visiting one of my favourite restaurants in France, Le Stofflet at Chateau Colbert, Maulévrier. Its wonderful location enables you to visit Anjou to discover the Loire châteaux, the Vendée coast or to tour the vineyards of Maine-et-Loire.
Le Stofflet is a gastronomic dining experience in the heart of the Loire, imagine what your wedding meal could look like! The gourmet restaurant, conveniently situated in the Maine-et-Loire near the Loire, Saumur and Angers châteaux, offers delectable menu selections accessible to one and all…
The sophisticated fine-dining restaurant has period features throughout adding beautifully to your experience.
“Stunning décor and fare to match… The gourmet restaurant Le Stoffiet, not far from Cholet, is a veritable theatre of flavours. Young Chef Sébastien Cramard stages a show of his creations in a superb setting opposite wide-view windows overlooking Maulévrier Oriental Park (the largest Japanese garden in Europe). In a showcase of gold and Grand Siècle crystal chandeliers, this native son sets the mood for lunch and dinner! His contemporary cuisine with a personal touch, inspired by the products of his homeland and the seasons, boasts the best of local goodness.”
The lunch menu was a very reasonable €34 and included two selections for each course. Of course we began our dining experience with an amuse bouche…
Then we commenced with a breathtaking starter of… Cubes de courgette basilic, biscuit parmesan, Saumon fumé par nos soins, followed by a faux filet main and of course a delicious cheese course.
Brie de Meaux, Crémé de chévre aux noisettes et sa petite salade potagére…
The deserts tasted just as amazing as they looked. We enjoyed… Blanc-manger à la noix de coco. Marinade de fruits rouges, sorbet fraise…
To end your meal you’re offered coffee on the terrace with stunning views of the Oriental gardens situated at the rear of this historic establishment and who could refuse on such a wonderful summers day! Usually for a wedding you enjoy your coffee on the terrace while admiring your wedding day fireworks which can be arranged by the chateau.
This was then followed by a stroll around the manicured gardens and even a trip to the extravagant kitchen gardens (potager), which are not to be missed! During our walk we could see sneak peaks of the amazing Oriental Park.
Top Tip: Enjoy a magical evening walk through the nearby Oriental park which takes on a completely new dimension coupled with the gardens discrete evening lighting and paper lanterns which are given to each guest on entry.
To continue exploring why not head to Saumur to wonder around the medieval streets, taste some of France’s fine wine and visit the town’s imposing chateau which overlook the Loire river.
Just 30 minutes away from Chateau Colbert you will discover the world famous Puy Du Fou, France’s fourth most popular attraction after Disneyland Paris. It’s utterly unique and a real treat for the whole family. With some 1.5 million visitors per year.
During the summer months Puy Du Fou is home to the worlds largest evening show! You’ll never forget this breathtaking experience which takes place on a 23 hectare stage under the stars.
I hope you enjoyed discovering one of France’ many luxury wedding venues!
You can also find my trip over on French Wedding Style where it has been featured…